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10-24-2010 @ 12:17AM
Ok, this cannot pass without comment. The Legend of Huma and Kaz the Minotaur are two of the finest, if not THE finest, books in the entirely of the dragonlance chronicles. Yes, better than Weis and Hickman's work, even. Knaak's Huma was so far from a Mary Sue character, I'm not sure you understand what the term means. In fact, his is THE only Huma, unless there's been another Huma book since I've last adventured in Krynn. A few poorly remembered legends in Chronicles does not define a character, or even bring him into any sort of focus. Huma is basically nothing more than a name before Knaak fleshes him out, so to object to him ruining the best hero in the series is ridiculous. You didn't know anything about him before!Beyond that, the Legend of Huma is a great story. The dissimilarity between the actual story of Huma and the legends Sturm recites is a brilliant touch, intended or not. How well do you think the legends of Robin of Lockley or King Arthur correspond to the men that inspired them, if they existed? Not a whole lot. Even movies produced today have very little historical accuracy when they actually have access to records. The actual story of Huma having little to do with the 1500 year old legend passed down is one of the most realistic touches possible.Aside from that, it's a fantastic story. The hero of legend is full of self doubt and out of sync with the rest of his order. All the little touches move away from what you expect the story of a legendary hero to be, and that's what makes it memorable. Far from a Mary Sue, Huma is an everyman hero. I don't want to delve too deeply into the story, for those who haven't read it. But it's essentially the story of a typical knight. He's chosen by destiny, and he answers the call and dies for it. His victories are not without price, neither for him or his allies. But they are his. Now, you don't have to like day of the dragon. I'm not crazy about, it's a passable story that Rhonin detracts from. It does introduce the different flights of dragons and is an important lore story, so I do appreciate it for that and would say it's worth reading to a lore junkie. War of the ancients is a little better, and I've found most of the complaints about it to be overblown. But if you don't like Legend of Huma, you should probably stop reading fantasy literature. The only reason you could possible have not to like it, is if you decided you were going to hate a book Knaak wrote because it was Knaak.
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